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How Australia Takes a Census

What is it?

This publication outlines how the 2011 Census will be conducted.

The Census is the largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and one of the most important. There are two broad objectives that underpin the Census:
  • to accurately measure the number and key characteristics of people in Australia on Census Night and the dwellings in which they live, and
  • to provide timely, high quality and relevant data for small geographic areas and small population groups, to complement the rich but broad level data provided by ABS surveys.
This publication describes the history of the Census, the process by which the 2011 Census was planned, the way it will be conducted and processed and the type of output that will be available.

Who is it for?

This publication is a useful reference guide for anyone interested in what the Census is and how it happens.

When will it be available?

How Australia Takes a Census (cat. no. 2903.0) will be available from the ABS website in February 2011.